Kuala Lumpur- When there is a will; there is a way! This year’s Thaipusam celebration has been dampened due to Covid Pandemic. One of the highlight of Thaipusam is the chariot procession and it was called off, on the advise of National Security Council (NSC).
Last Saturday, Federal Territories Minister, Tan Sri Annuar Musa, approved conditional chariot procession from Sri Maha Mariamman Temple Kuala Lumpur to Batu Caves, Sri Subramaniam Temple after Datuk Seri M. Saravanan made an appeal.
Following this, Nattukottai Chettiar Temple Penang trustees made an appeal to Penang Hindu Endowment Board to continue the 150 years chariot procession tradition but it was turned down.
The Nattukottai Chettiar Temple trustees left with no choice, at the eleventh hour, approached Datuk Seri M. Saravanan, Minister of Human Resources and Deputy President of Malaysian Indian Congress, seeking his assistance to get approval of National Security Council and Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri to allow conditional chariot procession.
Since it concerns 150 years chariot procession tradition, Datuk Seri M. Saravanan requested NSC to consider approval of the conditional chariot procession, and Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri supported this appeal.
NSC after due consideration gave green light for the Nattukottai Chettiar Temple chariot procession on condition.
The Nattukottai Chettiar Temple trustees and Hindu community expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri and Datuk Seri M. Saravanan for their kind attention and approval of the conditional chariot procession.